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Intel Atom N450

Intel announced that there will be a new Atom processor to replace the netbook popular Atom N270.  In my opinion, it’s about time.  Sure, they released the Atom Z series.  But that’s just a more efficient N270.  I like the N270, but I always thought it could use a little more power.  On my Eee PC 1000H, running a few tabs in Firefox will give the CPU some trouble.  Flash video requires the majority of the CPU cycles.

Intel Atom Pine Trail

Intel Atom Pine Trail

The new Atom N450 will push the tiny CPU to the 2 GHz range.  That’s a much needed increase for the highly efficient platform.  Future netbooks will benefit greatly.  Along with more power, the new CPU incorporates the GPU and memory controller on one smaller chip.  The new platform, code name “Pine Trail”, will process information more efficiently and increase battery life.  The newer chip will be easier to keep cool and easier to fit into smaller netbooks.

Asus Eee Top

Asus Eee Top

As we move to a more green society, expect a lot from the little Atom.  You can already see it in action in form of nettops.  A nettop is a netbook in a desktop form factor like the Eee Top.  It’s basically an Eee PC with a 15.4 inch touchscreen for $500.  Click here for more details. As for me, I like my Q9650.  It’s fast.

Asus Eee PC User Experience Survey

Back in November 2008, Asus had a User Experience Survey about the Eee PC.  By participating in the survey, you were automatically entered to win an Asus Eee PC 1002HA or 1 of 30 Asus Mouse.  Well this Chief Monkey won the grand prize.

Asus contacted me in late April, and I finally got my new Eee PC today.  I think the unit was a review unit.  Just unpacking it felt as it was already unpacked before.  The foreign plug was a dead giveaway.  But whatever, it’s not like I paid for it.

Asus Eee PC 1002HA
Asus Eee PC 1002HA
Asus Eee PC 1002HA
Asus Eee PC 1002HA
Asus Eee PC 1002HA

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Compatible with 1000H

A user in the www.eeeuser.com forum discovered that the Asus Eee PC 1000HE keyboard is compatible with the Asus Eee PC 1000H.  The keyboard on the 1000HE is radically different than the 1000H.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard

The keyboard is more comfortable to type on, 92% of a full size keyboard, the right shift key is fixed, and flex seems to be corrected.  To clarify, flex is when the keyboard appears to be springy when pressed down.  The 1000HE keyboard is sold out at the moment.  At $15, it’s very affordable.  It’s currently sold out at the moment.  As soon as it’s back in stock, you bet I’ll order one and post a review/how-to.

More Netbooks

In the past two weeks, there have been a slew of new netbook releases.  I won’t bore you with the Eee PC or Wind clones, but Asus and MSI released a new version of their popular netbooks.  Let’s start with MSI.

MSI Wind U120

MSI is releasing a new Wind, model U120.  The price of the new model will be around $600.  The look will be a bit edgier with minor design changes to the case.  The one major difference than the original U100 is the built-in 3.5G Modem with a SIM card slot.

MSI Wind U120

ASUS Eee PC S101

If you combined the Asus Eee PC 1000H and an Apple Macbook Air, you’ll get the Asus Eee PC S101.  The price is between $600 and $700.  At this price point, I would suggest getting a full size laptop.  You’ll get more power, more screen real estate, more keyboard, more features, and more functionality.  The Asus Eee PC S101 has exactly the same internal hardware as the Eee PC 1000H.  There’s a few choices with the hard drive, i.e. SSD vs 2.5 inch drive.  The only major difference is a new 10.2 inch WSVGA LED Backlit screen, a thinner and lighter unit, and a non-removable shorter life battery.  Asus is call this a luxury netbook.

asus eee pc s101

My recommendation is the just get the Asus Eee PC 1000H or the MSI Wind U100 (with the 6 cell battery) if you’re in the market for a netbook.  Otherwise, with the money you’re going to spend on either of these two, you can purchase a really capable laptop.

Asus Eee PC 1000H – How to Upgrade the Hard Drive Part 1

The Asus Eee PC 1000H comes with an 80 GB Seagae Momentus Drive that spins at 5400RPM.  That’s okay, but if you’re willing to put in a little elbow grease, you can have a faster computer with more storage. This require advance computer skills because you’ll be changing hardware and re-installing Windows.

So here’s part 1.  Let’s go shopping.

You have several brands to choose from, Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, Fujitsu, and etc.

I’m not a real fan of Seagate drives.  I had an external drive that failed on me.  More about that in another post.  I would choose the Western Digital Scorpio Black WD1600BEKT 160GB 7200 RPM drive.  It’s currently $79.99 with Free Shipping at Newegg.com.

Asus Eee PC 1000H Hard Drive Upgrade

The current Seagate Momentus Hard Drive in the Asus Eee PC 1000H run pretty warm already.  With the Western Digital, expect it to be a little bit warmer, but nothing to be concerned with.  In my opinion, the benefit of the additional speed out weighs the additional heat produced.

For $80 bucks, it’s well worth it.  Now, you can splurge and get a Solid State Drive.  The price starts at $300 for a 64GB model and goes way up from there.  Go with the WD drive.

Stay tuned for Part 2, how to install.

Click here for the WD product page at Newegg.com.

Asus Eee PC 1000H Necessary Upgrades

Right off the bat, you need to modify your new Asus Eee PC 1000H.  Trust me, these are two very welcomed and easy mods.  Well, only one of them is necessary, but the other is considered “nice to have.”

The Asus Eee PC 1000H comes with a meager 1 GB of memory.  I’m not sure why, but memory is cheap.  The bare minimum now is 2GB.  If you haven’t upgraded the memory and looking to buy, look at this deal from Buy.com.  Please note that the 1000H only has one memory slot and the maximum you can install is 2GB.  This is similar to the MSI Wind.

Asus Eee PC 1000H Memory

Crucial 2GB DDR2 PC2-5300 667MHz SO-DIMM for $19.99 after Mail In rebate with Free Shipping.

The other thing you need to purchase is a SDHC memory card.  It’s not necessary, but nice to have.  Since I carry my files with me, I always use a 8gb SDHC flash memory card to transport the files.  Why not a USB thumb drive?  Battery.  The USB drive sucks battery life more than an SDHC card.  A card that I consider cheap, fast, and good (the trifecta) is the Kingston Class 6 8GB SDHC card.

Asus Eee PC 1000H Memory
Kingston 8GB Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card – Class 6 for only $27.24 and Free Shipping at Buy.com

Asus Eee PC 1000H – Mobility and Productivity

As you may have read already, I am a big fan of netbooks, specifically the Asus Eee PC 1000H.  It perfectly balances mobility and productivity.  The form factor and the weight of the unit allows you to pack it along without being much of a burden.  As for productivity, the 10 inch screen offers usable resolution (1024×600) and enough real estate to work with a couple of windows.  The keyboard is comfortable to type on.  I would recommend getting a wireless mouse for extended use.

Prior to buying this, I read that Asus claimed a battery life of 7.5 hours.  Well according to my experience, on a full charge, I can get away with a little over 6 hours.  That’s a big difference, but if you think about it, 6 hours is really good.  I use a Lenovo Thinkpad X61 at work and get about 5 hours with the extended battery.  Battery life is extermely important for mobility.  Nobody likes having to plug in after a couple of hours.

The Asus Eee PC 1000H is available now at Newegg.com for $449.   Click here to go to the Asus Eee PC 1000H product page at Newegg.com.

Currently sold out on Amazon.com

Battle of the Netbooks

A friend was recently checking out my Asus Eee PC 1000H.  He mentioned that Acer had a $400 8.9 inch netbook of their own.  Now, that really doesn’t make me want to ditch my Eee PC and go for the Acer.  I’m thoroughly impressed with the Eee PC and plan on keeping it.  But to be fair, I figured I would review the it.

Asus Eee PC 1000H vs. Acer Aspire One

Specs:
Intel Atom N270 / 1.6 GHz RAM
1 GB (installed) / 1.5 GB (max) – DDR2 533 MHz 1 slot open
Card Reader
120 GB Hard Drive
8.9″ TFT 1024 x 600 ( WSVGA ) – CrystalBrite
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Intergrated Webcam
Windows XP
$420

Asus Eee PC 1000H vs. Acer Aspire One

It seems that all netbooks are very similar in hardware, except when it comes to screen and keyboard size.  The keyboard size is probably more important than the screen.  Typing on a small cramp keyboard can lead to discomfort.  And that’s where the Asus Eee PC 1000H wins.  The Acer Aspire One suffers from the same small keyboard found on the original Eee PC 701.  It is really hard to type on and mashing multiple keys at once happens all the time.

If you really only had $400 to spend on a laptop, I would look for a full size, 15.4 inch lower model with a big keyboard when they go on sale at your neighborhood electronic store .  Yes, it’s bulky, but your fingers and wrists will thank you.  If you can spend a little more, get the 10 inch model such as the Asus Eee PC 1000H or the MSI Wind.

Happy Computing.

-Monkey

Asus Eee PC 1000H Case

Asus Eee PC 1000H

I wanted to get a better case for my Asus Eee PC 1000H because the included Asus case was too loose.  I can feel the Eee moving around quite a bit in there.

asus eee pc 1000h

Then there’s the scratching potential of the case.  The opening of the case gets a little tight and there’s too much risk of scratching the glossy piano black finish.

Asus eee pc 1000H

I consulted the Eee forum, http://www.eeeuser.com, to read what other’s are doing for their Eee PC.  And sure enough, there were a few people talking about a $20 DVD player case from Target that gets the job done.  First of all, the color of the bag will do a great job in fooling people on its content.  The bag itself is the Denali Structured DVD Bag from Target for $20,  http://www.target.com/Denali-Structured-DVD-Bag/dp/B000OUTWS2.  Yes, it’s dark green on the outside and orange on the inside.  But I’m not concerned about the appearance here.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

It even has a front pocket for your power brick and other accessories.  There’s not much room here because it was designed to hold DVDs.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

The inside of the main compartment is nicely padded to absorb all the bump while traveling.

asus eee pc 1000H

People were saying that this bag is a perfect fit for the Eee PC 1000H model.  And yes, it’s true.  It’s a perfect fit.  It was as if they designed this bag for the Eee.  It sits snug inside and feels well protected.

asus eee pc 1000H

asus eee pc 1000h

Oh yea, it even comes with convenient handles like a real laptop case.

-Monkey

Top 5 Reasons to Get an Asus Eee PC 1000H

It’s been a couple of weeks of owning the Asus Eee PC 1000H and I have nothing but good things to say.

Here’s 5 reasons to own this little netbook.

1.  Bigger Keyboard and Screen is awesome and usable compared to the first Eee PC.

2.  6 hours of computing from the 6 cell battery.

3.  Intel Atom CPU runs quiet, cool, and zippy.  Diablo 2 is no problem.

4.  Easy upgrade.  Memory, hard drive, and wireless card is all located on the bottom panel.

5.  Multi-touch trackpad.  Use two fingers to scroll.

No cons yet.

The Asus Eee PC 1000H has been replaced…

with another Asus Eee PC 1000H.  The unit that you see in previous posts had a defective F key. Typing with a broken keyboard was a pain.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

The plastic clips holding down the keys had broken off on the F key.  I knew that getting this unit replaced by the reseller was tough.  They made it really difficult for me to exchange it.  I didn’t want to return it, but exchange for a new unit.  In the end, they replaced it after an hour of back and forth.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Next time, I’ll by it from Buy.com where the customer comes first.  It is instock now for $549.99 with Free Shipping.

Asus Eee PC 1000H – Memory Upgrade

The Asus Eee PC 1000H came with 1GB of memory pre-installed.  With today’s memory hungry applications, 2 GB is better for smooth computing.  SInce 2 GB is the maximum amount you can install in the Asus Eee PC 1000H.  I went with a Corsair 2GB module I bought at Fry’s for $25 after rebate.  The Asus Eee PC 1000H can use any memory module 200 Pin So-dimm DDR2 PC5300 667 MHz.  The system will adjust to the right speed if you install a faster module.

Here’s what you need to get this done.

  • Small Philips Screwdriver
  • The 2 GB Memory Module
  • Asus Eee PC 1000H
  • 10 Minutes
  • Difficulty – Easy

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Here’s what you do.

Step 1 – Remove Battery – Just a safety precaution

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Step 2 – Unscrew the two screws on the back cover nearest to the battery.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Step 3 – Remove Back Cover.  Carefully pry the cover off.  It’s held in place by plastic clips attaced to the edge of the back cover.  Your Eee PC 1000H should look like the picture below.  With the MSI Wind, you have to remove the whole plastic shell of the computer to access these parts.  Asus cleverly placed the two items, memory and hard drive, that most people will upgrade right under a very accessible cover.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Step 4 – Remove the memory module.  Like most laptops, the module is held in place by two metal clips (red arrows) on two sides of the module.  Carefully and slowly pull the metal clips away from the module.  You just have to pry it out a little bit, maybe 2 mm, and the module will pop up.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Step 5 – Remove the memory module.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Step 6 – Insert new memory module at a 45 degree angle and press down until the two metal clips snaps around the module.  Check to make sure the module is secure.  Replace cover and you’re done.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Asus Eee PC 1000H Unboxing

I picked up my new Asus Eee PC 1000H today.  I’ll just show the unboxing pictures.  Full review to coming soon.

asus eee pc 1000h

Open box

asus eee pc 1000h

Asus Eee PC 1000H Unit out of box.

asus eee pc 1000h

Asus Eee PC 1000H Neoprene Cover

asus eee pc 1000h

Power brick and battery

asus eee pc 1000h

Battery and Screen Wipe

asus eee pc 1000h

The Asus Eee PC 1000H in the flesh.

asus eee pc 1000h

Finally

asus eee pc 1000h

End

Time to look for a new UMPC

After using my Asus Eee PC 701 4G, I’m in the market for a new bigger UMPC or netbook.  Netbook is the new term to describe these miniature portable laptops.

Since last writing about my quest for a new netbook, MSI has increased the price of the MSI WIND to $550, the same price as the Asus Eee PC 1000.  They are virtually the same little netbook. I decided on getting the Asus only because it was available and the battery lasted a little longer than the MSI Wind.  7.5 hours claimed, more like 6 hours in reality.  Review coming soon.

Asus Eee PC 1000H – $549.99 for the 6 cell battery.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

VS.

MSI Wind $499 at Newegg.com.

$549 for the Wind with the 6 cell battery.

MSI Wind

I just purchased the Asus Eee PC 1000H.  Review and pics coming soon.

Nokia N810

If you have followed my blog, I was debating whether to get a Nokia N810 or the Eee PC. There are major differences in both of them. For one thing, the N810 is an Internet tablet, not a full laptop. But it does look good. The Eee PC looks and feels like a toy. This is my biggest complaint against the Eee. I love the portability of it.

The N810 is strictly for Internet use. It goes online, you can IM, read emails, youtube, and anything else you do online. You’ll have to consider the size of the screen. Both can only display 800 pixels wide. This is a problem considering that most web sites are best viewed in 1024. However, the N810 comes with a simple GPS function, don’t expect Garmin or TomTom caliber GPS.

Resetting the Eee PC

After messing with my Eee PC, I wanted to start fresh again. Here’s how to restore your Eee PC to Factory Settings.

The image of the original OS is already stored in your Eee PC.

Here’s the tricky part. When you reboot the Eee, there is a split second for you to get into the BIOS. When you turn on the Eee, start pressing F2. If your Eee actually boots into Xandros, restart and do it again.

Once you get into the BIOS, just select Factory Restore and watch it reboot.

IMPORTANT: Make sure your connect the AC Adapter to power your Eee. If your Eee PC loses power while flashing, you have a big paperweight.

Popmonkey

Asus Eee PC

I’m starting to use my Eee PC more and more in my daily life. At first, I was a bit skeptical on the usability of this miniature laptop, but it’s turning out quite well. The CPU is not the latest and fastest, but for your general task, it’s fine. Wireless connectivity is very good.

I find that watching video on the Eee PC is about the most you can do. I wouldn’t use it to calculate PI to a million digits.

I also advise not to put Windows XP on the Eee. You will just open up your machine to more security flaws. I don’t think the Eee can handle all the security suites used to keep Windows Happy.